Love Island’s Jonny Mitchell (he of anti-feminism fame) has been branded “controlling and abusive” by domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid following comments he made about his partner Tyla Carr.
The reality TV star was overheard saying that new islander Theo Campbell would have to prise Tyla from his “cold dead hands” if he wanted a chance at a relationship with her.
Women’s Aid CEO Polly Neate immediately criticised Jonny for this disturbing words, writing on the charity’s website that they were not in any way “romantic”.
“It did not demonstrate just how much he liked her,” the statement read. “It was possessive and controlling. What can be all too easily passed off as banter, actually carries the underlying sentiment that this man believes he owns this woman.
“All of us have a duty to call out this sort of behaviour and challenge these sexist remarks when we hear them.
“The fact that Tyla says she was left wanting to run away from a controlling relationship in the past shows just how easy this sort of behaviour, if unchecked, can slip into a controlling and abusive relationship.”
Jonny and Theo had to be separated by Marcel Sommerville on Friday night after a recoupling saw Theo pick Tyla and Jonny call him a “gigantic bellend”.
Earlier in the series, he came to blows with Camilla Thurlow over feminism, claiming that he would feel “emasculated” if a woman paid half on a date and insisting that British women “almost have more opportunities than men”.
Camilla stood her ground, calmly attempting to explain to her now ex (phew) that he had the movement all wrong and didn’t understand a thing.
Karma has worked its magic, as Camilla is now getting her name spelt out in avocado toast by Calvin Klein model Jamie Jewett, while Jonny mopes ahead of a vote that will almost certainly see him named the least favourite islander.
ITV had no comment to make regarding the accusations against Jonny.
If you need to talk to someone about the issues raised in this article, you can call the Women’s Aid and Refuge helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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